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Feb 20, 2013

Video: Crafting a Handmade Chair from Scratch

My friend Jamie of Design Milk got an awesome chance to share this look at designer/maker Daniel Moyer crafting a custom chair from a huge slab of walnut milled just for him. The video strikes a perfect balance: it's just long enough, the music's great,

and each scene walks you through the process of tree to final finish. With just enough workshop envy. Watch it below:   

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Feb 14, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Leather eReader or Tablet Cover

 

My friend Ryan had a problem; a problem with stealing his wife Chelsea's Nook eReader so as to gorge on the entire Game of Thrones series. So, he snagged his own Nook Simple Touch, and figured out a way to make a custom leather case and cover with no special sewing or leatherworking skills, and he didn't even have to pay for materials.

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Feb 11, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Leather Wrapped Flask

created at: 02/11/2013

There's nothing wrong with a classic stainless steel flask, but in my experience, a basic, clean-faced model is sorta hard to come by. Instead, I frequently see flasks with printed phrases, weird iconography, or overt brand names. Which is just fine, with this easy project that shows you how to customize them in a classy way with some basic leather scraps.   

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Feb 11, 2013

Knitting Behind Bars: How Crafting is Transforming the Lives of Male Convicts

created at: 02/11/2013

Here's a little man-crafting feel-good story for your Monday morning: Good.is reports on how knitting has had an incredible positive impact on a group of male prisoners. Whether you're well-versed in the fiber arts or not, this can't help but make you smile.   

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Feb 06, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: February 6, 2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 


Hungarian photographer Bence Bakonyi uses clothing and composition - not Photoshop trickery - for "Transform," a series of

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Feb 01, 2013

How to: Make a Knotted Leather Key Ring

If you're looking for a weekend project to do while you're stuck inside in these blasted temperatures, or just a general introduction to working with leather, consider making one of these classic, masculine key rings.   

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Jan 14, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Business Card Pad

created at: 01/14/2013

Even in the era of smartphones and digital address books, I still maintain a classy business card is a must for every guy. If you don't currently have a job where you need one, here's hoping you have passions or a lifestyle that needs communicated...and remembered. Especially when you meet somebody new, and pull it from a pad of stacked cards like a complete b***ss.   

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Jan 09, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: January 9, 2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Illustrator and designer Jeannie Huang is giving away this free download-and-print calendar for 2013.    

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Jan 08, 2013

How to: Make DIY "Manly" Wooden Teething Toys

created at: 01/08/2013

Last month, my nephew turned one, and he's suffering the pains of little ones everywhere - new teeth and very sore gums. He's sticking anything he can in his mouth to try to relieve the pain, so my sweetheart asked me if we could make up some dedicated teething toys, made from natural materials, for his birthday gift. And since his parents are both hilarious and always up for a laugh, we decided to go all out and avoid the monkeys and giraffes common in infant toys, and make them in humorous, tongue-in-cheek "manly" shapes.

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Jan 02, 2013

How to: Make DIY Papercut Alphabet Art

It's seriously cold outside...nearing zero degrees with the wind chill, and the air is full of that ice blastiness that's bouncing off the fourteen or so inches of snow that's covering everything, and has no plans to disappear.It's that sort of day when you look around your home for what you need, cause there's no way you're going outside. Hit up your pantry for stuff to make for dinner, watch that DVD you bought six years ago and still haven't unwrapped, and check your supply stash for materials to make a rainy...err snowy day project.

Like this clever torn paper typography. Inspired by a piece by designer Konstatin Datz, Finnish artist Riikka created this papercut typographic poster from twenty six squares of kraft paper, and a bit of posterboard. 

Little DIY Projects for Rainy Days [Weekday Carnival]

 

 

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Dec 18, 2012

6 DIY Gift Wrap Ideas for Men

created at: 12/18/2012

If you can't manage to make a gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list, you can always add a little personal touch by DIYing your own custom gift wrap. Not only do each of these relatively easy projects convey a handmade look and appeal, most of them can be specifically customized to the recipient, so you can be sure they'll know you took the extra step. There are roughly a gajillion DIY gift wrap projects about online, so I picked five that could particularly work from a masculine perspective, whether you're giving as or to a guy. 

And, don't worry, there's no animal hides or power tools required. Unless you want there to be...

 

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Dec 04, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Beer Advent Calendar

created at: 12/04/2012

If you love the idea of the Whiskey Advent Calendar, but can't quite justify the (fair but not inexpensive) $240 price tag, why not try a DIY version with something you can easily procure single samples of: beer. Cause there are few things better than candy, and winter ale is definitely one of them.    

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Nov 30, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Wood Dowel Holiday Wreath

This easy wreath project is festive and inexpensive, with warm woodtones and

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Nov 15, 2012

DIY Idea: Make a LEGO Key Organizer

German designer and architect Felix Grauer crafted this handmade key hanger and organizer from his bin of standard LEGO bricks.  

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Nov 14, 2012

How to: Make a Wooden Beer Caddy

Chris Krueger from The New Hobbyist wrote in to share these simple yet awesome wooden beer caddies (bottle opener included) he made for each of the groomsmen in his wedding.

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Nov 07, 2012

Beautifully Crafted Miniature 18th Century Toolchest with Tiny, Working Tools

Artist William Robertson just completed this "astounding" miniature replica of the 18th century Hewitt Tool Chest, on display in Colonial Williamsburg. It includes tiny, functional tools - you can see the handplane shaving away the pencil in the photo above.  

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Oct 31, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: Special Halloween Edition - October 31, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Designer and artist Michael Pippo created a series of posters for everyone's favorite

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Oct 15, 2012

How to: Melt and Form Your Own DIY Cheese Shapes

To get revved up for Halloween, Beth from Hungry Happenings came up with this clever trick to make DIY skull and crossbone-shaped mozzarella cheese slices. Really - that's cheese, and you can make them at home.  

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Oct 01, 2012

How to: Make a Hexaflexagon - The Most Amazing Thing Math Has Ever Produced!

created at: 10/01/2012

Okay...I try not to get carried away with blog titles. And, yes, to all you engineers and mathnerds out there, I'm extremely right-brained, but this incredible thing is something about which everyone can agree. It's freaking amazing, and it'll definitely blow your mind, and probably even break it.  

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Jul 19, 2012

Fold Me You Will: Make an Origami Yoda from a Single Sheet of Paper

If the elementary school rumors are to be believed, it's only possible to fold a single sheet of paper a maximum of eight times. This fun origami project takes a solid eighty-two folds, and makes one seriously sweet little Jedi master that would look excellent perched on top of your desk, a shelf, or anywhere that needs a pop of handmade color.  

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